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Grads@Rochester: News for University of Rochester Graduate Students (February 7, 2016)
02.07.16: campus climate survey; value of video games; entrepreneurship conference; lecture on urban schools; carillon celebrates Lunar New Year


Have You Responded to the Campus Climate Survey?

Graduate students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering and at the Eastman School of Music are encouraged to complete the campus climate survey they received by email earlier this month. The survey seeks your opinion about your academic work, interaction with faculty and peers, participation in campus activities, perceptions of the climate on campus, and use of campus services. Every student who completes the survey by Monday, February 15, will be entered in a raffle to win prizes, including a $500 professional travel award (AS&E students) or a $500 professional opportunity prize (Eastman students). Contact with questions.

Students Gather in Response to Yik Yak Decision

About 30 students gathered Thursday on the steps of Rush Rhees Library to address University President and CEO Joel Seligman’s recent response to an interim report issued by the University’s Presidential Commission on Race and Diversity. The main focus of the gathering was the president’s decision not to ban the social media app Yik Yak from the University’s servers. Read more...

Jazz Composer and Arranger Bill Holman to Visit

NEA Jazz Master Bill Holman will visit the Eastman School of Music to offer workshops and performances with students from February 9 to 11Read more...

Rochester to Host Entrepreneurship Professionals for International Conference

The 2016 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers—cohosted by the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology—will be held September 29 to October 1. The conference, themed “Turning Over a New Leaf,” features plenary sessions, workshops, breakout discussions, and keynote speeches from entrepreneurship experts. Read more...

Play Nation: The Value of Video Games 

Video games are driving computer technology, challenging conventions of storytelling, and finding their way into the classroom. Read more...

Professor to Lecture on Need to Invest in Urban Schools

Valerie Kinloch, professor of literacy studies at Ohio State University, will give a talk entitled “Publicly Engaged Scholarship in Urban Communities: Teaching, Listening, and Collaborating," from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, in the Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase Hall. Kinloch has interviewed numerous educators, youth, and community members about the academic, social, and community engagements of students attending underperforming schools. The talk will focus on the urgent need to invest in urban schools as Kinloch shares some of these ongoing literacy narratives.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Office Hours

Need advice on launching a new venture? Schedule an appointment with Ain Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence John Hawkins, vice president of Paramax Corp. and president of Benchview Management Corp., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, February 25, in Gleason 243. Appointments are required: book with John Hawkins, or call (585) 276-3500.

Security Tip: Never Share Your Passwords

Sharing is caring! However, in honor of Valentine’s Day, University IT created a poster to remind everyone to never share your passwords, no matter how special that someone may be. No matter if it is with a loved one, friend, colleague, or acquaintance, are you sure your password needs to be shared?

Register for Business Model Workshop

The 2016 Mark Ain Business Model Workshop Series continues with “Managing Marketing as a Process,” presented by Lomax Campbell, CEO of Black-Owned Business Rochester, from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Monday, February 22, in Gleason 120. Workshops are free and open to all. The competition (submissions are due in mid-April) is open to currently enrolled University students at any level of study. Pizza and refreshments will be provided at each workshop. Attendees must register online or call (585) 276-3500. Those who register in advance will receive a complimentary River Campus parking pass.

This Week

Hopeman Memorial Carillon Celebrates Lunar New Year

The Carillon Society will present a concert of East Asian music to celebrate the Lunar New Year from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today on the Eastman Quadrangle. Students will play popular and traditional tunes from China and Korea. The concert is free, and parking is available on campus behind the library. The performance will be streamed online via Periscope.

High Tech Rochester Presentation

Doug Buerkle '95S (MBA), executive director of NEXUS-NY at High Tech Rochester, will outline the organization's work and newest initiatives at an information session at noon Tuesday, February 9, in Gleason Hall Room 118. Pizza will be served. RSVP to

Upcoming Dissertation Defense

The following PhD dissertation defense is scheduled this week:
  • Sandhya Seshadri, health practice research, "Understanding Community-Dwelling Older Adults’ Experiences of Dysphagia and a Texture-Modified Diet," Friday, February 12, at 1:30 p.m., Helen Wilson Hall (1W-501). Advisor: Craig Sellers

Rochester in the News

Ex-Fed Leader Joins UR

Rochester Business Journal, January 29
“The University of Rochester’s economics department is one of the top departments in the world, especially in my field of macroeconomics,” said Narayan Kocherlakota, the inaugural Lionel W. McKenzie Professor of Economics and the former leader of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. “I knew less about the University as a whole but I quickly became very impressed with its culture and ethos. There is a sense of friendly seriousness that is extremely appealing to me.”

A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying

The New York Times, February 2
“The huge challenge of this work is to help patients feel more normal and less alone during this unusual experience of dying,” says Timothy Quill, the Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care and director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Palliative Care at the Medical Center. “The more we can articulate that people do have vivid dreams and visions, the more we can be helpful.”
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